Hue people help each other overcome floods


In the middle of the night of October 11, Mr. Lam drove a car to BigC Hue supermarket on Ba Trieu street, picked up 4 female students who had just waded out of the flooded room to return to his company temporarily.

Noon 12/10, the rain is still not stop and flood water continues to rise hour by hour. The company’s 5-storey building, headed by Mr. Le Trung Lam, is located at No. 10, masterpiece 159 Ngu Binh Street, An Tay Ward, Hue City, has about 30 students. Everyone gathered to the secondary kitchen to pick up vegetables and prepare lunch. Here young people are served 3 meals a day, with a place to sleep with full blankets, with electricity to charge the phone battery …

Three days ago, when the water started to flood the motels, many foreign students who had no acquaintances in Hue did not know where they were going, suddenly received a message from Mr. Lam on his personal Facebook.

“The 5-storey company building is located on Ngu Binh mountain so it is high, the flood water has not reached. Currently, the top two floors have 10 rooms, each room can accommodate 20-30 people,” said the 33-year-old director to speak.

The students are eating in Mr. Lam’s company’s cafeteria at noon on October 12. Image: Le Lam.

The decision to turn the company’s headquarters into a “safe house” for students started from the afternoon of October 8. At that time, the water started flooding some roads and seeing a forecast of a big flood, the young director drove a car around the city to understand the situation. Running across the road where the house was built 15 years ago when I used to stay when I went to Hue from Nghe An to study, Lam remembers once having suffered from flooding to the neck. Loving the students who might fall into the same situation as the old ones, Mr. Lam decided to post a notice to receive and help.

These days, every day, Mr. Lam receives hundreds of phone calls for help. Because the flood water is quite deep, dividing many roads in the city, moving to Mr. Lam’s company is difficult. During the incoming calls, Mr. Lam always asked about the situation of their accommodation, instructed them to ask the owner if there was a upstairs house, he should stay, should not seek to move because the road is dangerous. Friends in less flooded areas can wade to the beginning of Ngu Binh Street, he will drive to pick them up.

After the students checked in, he made a list, recorded personal information, family phone numbers and asked them to call their family to report safety information. The area of ​​An Tay ward still has electricity, the market is still open, so the company’s staff can still buy food and cook rice for the students. Meal full of fish meat, stir-fried vegetables and soup.

Mr. Lam said he will support the young people until the flood ends. If the water rises again, in the worst case scenario, your company will requisition an additional hall area, which can accommodate 500 people.

Near 11 o’clock at night, after welcoming and arranging accommodation for 10 new students, Mr. Lam got into the car about 1 km from the company to take care of his newborn child 3 weeks ago.

Le Thi Ngoc Anh, 19 years old, from Quang Binh, a freshman at Hue University of Economics, told her that she stayed with her friends on An Duong Vuong street, about 3 km from Lam’s company. On the morning of October 11, after loading things up, Anh and her friends waded out of the room to walk up to the address provided by Mr. Lam, only in time to bring some personal belongings. The distance is not far, but the new student takes more than an hour to arrive because many sections of deep water are fenced, and must find another way.

“Just been in Hue for 4 days, I don’t know who and where to go without Uncle Lam. Here we are fed by an aunt, with our own bed and warm blanket to sleep,” Ngoc Anh said.

Ms. Loan delivered bread to ward officials and Mr. Phong asked to transport them to isolated relatives in Con Hen, Vy Da Ward.  Photo: Ngoc Loan.

Ms. Loan delivered bread to ward officials and Mr. Phong asked to transport them to isolated relatives in Con Hen, Vy Da Ward. Image: Ngoc Loan.

More than 6 km from Mr. Lam’s company, the house of Ms. Ngo Thi Kim Loan, 52 years old at 13 Tung Thien Vuong street, Vy Da ward is gathering nearly a dozen people in the house to split bread, spread butter, sugar to enter 500 loaves of bread to supply people in Con Hen area and Han Mac Tu road boat area.

As a person who often organizes many volunteer programs, Mrs. Loan’s family always has instant noodles available. 3 days ago, seeing the rising water situation, began to split many places, Mrs. Loan gave 100 boxes of noodles to poor households in the area near her home. Yesterday, her home area has not lost power yet, so she has taken advantage of cooking 10 pots of white rice, nearly 40 kg of rice to give to people in areas that have just lost power.

There is a large house and temporarily water has not yet entered the house, the owner of the noodle shop has posted a notice on her personal page so that any house with the elderly and small children nearby flooded deeply can come to her house temporarily.

In the evening, after assisting the staff in handing over 300 loaves of bread to households in Con Hen, Vy Da ward, returning home, 40-year-old Le Quoc Phong quickly ate a bowl of rice under an oil lamp. In the face of the Con Hen alluvial ground located in the middle of the Huong River, which is completely isolated, as a resident, Phong volunteered to transport food from the government and sent his donors to everyone’s hands. After the meal was finished, the man wore a raincoat, and went to the boat to transport the bread to keep up the people’s dinner.

Since October 10, when flood water rises, isolating many areas is also the time when dozens of establishments and houses in highland areas such as An Tay ward, Truong An ward announced ready to support accommodation, instant noodles. free for people in heavily flooded areas to avoid floods. There are also many free food distribution points in the city center, but due to its isolation, it can only serve people nearby who can walk to pick it up.

Mr. Le Trung (white hat) tries to pick up the live fish and sell them cheaply to people around the area for only a few thousand dong per kilogram.  He only sold 3 quintals of fish, lost more than 10 tons of fish until harvest date.  Photo: Dai Son.

Mr. Le Trung (white hat) tries to pick up the live fish and sell them cheaply to people around the area for only a few thousand dong per kilogram. He only sold 3 quintals of fish, lost more than 10 tons of fish until harvest date. Image: Dai Son.

At noon of October 11, Mr. Dai Son, Deputy Secretary of the Union in La Khe Trem village, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra town, saw Mr. Le Trung, 41 years old and some other fish farmers helplessly watching tens of tons of fish. gradually died from floods. Trung’s fish stocks are only about 10 days to be exported, but when floods come, traders cannot buy.

Mr. Son took pictures and posted on his personal page calling on people from around the area to come and buy fish “rescue”. After half a day, more than 3 quintals of fish were consumed, helping the father, who was raising a small child by himself, was somewhat salvaged.

Not only calling, Mr. Son personally took a car, carrying more than a quintal of fish to peddle customers in places where motorbikes can also pass. However, only a few million dong got back while the capital of more than 200 million dong invested in fish farming was lost.

One day after being empty-handed, despite heavy rain, the man still walked by the river edge looking at 12 fish cages flooded with flood water. “Now I have nothing. I also have to work hard, but it is always difficult,” Trung said dumbfounded, his voice trembling with cold.

Mong Diep

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